New Digital Media Centre opens doors

The new $1.5 million Digital Media Centre opens its doors to students with an official ceremony.

The new $1.5 million Digital Media Centre opens its doors to students with an official ceremony.

Over the summer, Loyalist College’s newsroom went under major renovations. The Digital Media Centre was warmly welcomed by a parking lot packed with people to explore the latest addition to Loyalist College. Welcoming speeches were given by a selection of speakers, including media studies graduate and current President of Loyalist College, Maureen Piercy. – Learn more. Continue reading

Trent-Loyalist launches Summer Institute 2013

Trent-Loyalist liaison Professor Robert Washburn addresses students during orientation for Summer Institute 2013

Trent-Loyalist liaison Professor Robert Washburn addresses students during orientation for Summer Institute 2013

Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy was among the numerous administrator, faculty, support staff and others welcoming 16 students to the inaugural Summer Institute for the Trent-Loyalist Journalism program.

The students recently completed their first academic year at Trent University pursing their individual academic interests for the eight-month period. The student took a brief break before coming to Loyalist College to do an eight-week intensive journalism training session starting on May 6, 2013.

The students moved in the day before and enjoyed a BBQ as part of a welcome event. Loyalist journalism professors Andy Clarke, Marisa Dragani and Robert Washburn attended, along with Karen Maki, from Trent University. Continue reading

Fabulous Five come to Loyalist for Spring Open House

SpringOpenHouseStudents interested in the JOPB program and the Trent-Loyalist program spent the morning in our 1n16 lab learning more about what we do.

Joined by family and friends, these five fabulous students talked about the Boston Bombing, the future of journalism and got a chance to learn some basic note-taking skills.

People came from as far away as Toronto, as well as Trenton, Peterborough and Kingston. It was a diverse and interesting group.

We look forward to their arrival in the fall. Until then, we hope they all have a good year completing high school and a great summer.

Recent grad gets job at Sou’wester

e-sou-StephSteph Crosier, who graduates this June, found her first job with a community newspaper in Winnipeg owned by Canstar. It publishes five weekly newspapers in the city every Thursday.

She was profiled in the newspaper. Here is her story:

“Canstar Community News is pleased to welcome Steph Crosier to its editorial team. Steph joins us from Loyalist College in
Belleville, Ont., from which she recently graduated.
Hello Sou’wester readers,  I’m so excited to be your new community reporter. This is my first full-time, “grown-up” job, but I have completed internships at the Hamilton Spectator and the Winnipeg Free Press.
Though I’m young I feel I have the expertise and drive to provide you with the news you want to read about. While at Canstar I will not only be reporting on events and people in The Sou’wester area, I will also be working with the rest of the team to revitalize the website…” Read More

Congrats to Steph!

JOPB wins best college/university newspaper website at OCNA

Belleville, Ontario, March 26, 2013 – Loyalist College is proud to announce that its student-run QNet News,, has been named Best College/University Newspaper Website for the third consecutive year at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association’s (OCNA) Better Newspaper Competition (BNC) Awards Gala on Friday, March 22.

“I am honoured that QNet News has won the prestigious OCNA award for best student newspaper website for the third time,” said Jane Harrison, Dean, School of Media, Arts and Design at Loyalist College. “Our Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program is dedicated to a multi-platform approach to storytelling and therefore QNet News encompasses the best in video, audio, print, and still photography. This blending of media will be enhanced as we redevelop the website to help our audience move seamlessly through each medium while consuming stories of interest. Our students’ multimedia and social media stories reflect the lives of people living in the Quinte region while also tackling issues of international importance.”

As a testament to the superior quality of multimedia education provided through Loyalist’s Journalism program, 2006 graduate and Oakville Beaver news reporter David Lea won the Stephen Shaw Award for Reporter of the Year. In addition, Loyalist Photojournalism students Kristen Haveman and Dan Pearce placed second and third in the Student Photography award category. For a complete list of winners, visit:

At Loyalist College, plans are underway for a new state-of-the-art integrated newsroom with video editing suites, a studio, interview booths, and audio production booths and meeting rooms. The media landscape is changing and Loyalist students are on the cutting edge of how the news is now gathered and distributed.